Feeding Guide for Preschoolers

Preschoolers require a lot of nutrition to be able to grow well physically and mentally. Here’s a feeding guide to help your child a healthy happy preschool phase:

Vegetables Group

This group includes the following:

  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Beans
  • Peas
  • Starchy vegetables

The suggested serving size includes ¼ cup of cooked vegetables. You should also include chopped raw vegetables and ½ cup of leafy green vegetables. The child should eat three to five servings of suggested serving sizes in a single day.

Fruit Group

This group includes:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Citrus fruit juices

Your child should consume two to four servings of fruit group in a day.

Cereal Group

The group includes:

  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Cereals
  • Rice

The serving size includes:

  • ½ slice of bread
  • ¼ cup of cooked rice
  • Cereal
  • 4 crackers
  • ½ cup of ready to eat cereals

The child should eat 6 to 11 servings according to suggested serving size.

Milk Group

This group includes:

  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt

The serving size includes:

  • ½ cup of milk
  • 1 ounces of processed cheese
  • ¾ ounce of natural cheese

The child should eat 4 servings of milk group in a single day.

Meat Group

This group includes:

  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Dry beans
  • Eggs
  • Peas
  • Nuts

The serving size includes:

  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • ½ egg
  • ½ cup of cooked beans
  • Fish
  • 1 ounce of cooked meat

The child should eat 3 to 5 servings according to suggested serving size.

Fats Oils and Sweets

Remember only a certain percentage of your complete diet should come from fat. The significance of fats in daily food is also divided into various categories. These include:

  • Saturated fats
  • Unsaturated fats
  • Poly saturated fats

Sources of saturated fats:

  • Dairy products
  • Meat
  • Coconut
  • Palm

Sources of unsaturated fats:

  • Olive
  • Peanuts

Poly saturated fat sources:

  • Sunflower
  • Soybean
  • Cottonseeds oils

Remember that diet of a child should not contain saturated fats more than 10 per cent.

Recommended dietary allowances for children:

Group Energy kcal/day Protein gm/day Fat gm/day Iron Mg/day Calcium Mg/day
1-3 years 1125 23 20 12 400
4-6 years 1600 31 20 18 400

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